The Government has announced a reform of the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to strengthen governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and ensure trust and confidence in the sector.
The reforms are as follows:
- From 1 July 2019, non-government DGR’s must be registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Non-for-profits Commission. Non-government DGR’s that are not already registered will automatically be registered as of 1 July 2019 and will have a 12 month transitional period to assist with compliance.
- The four DGR registers currently administered by other government departments will be integrated into the ACNC’s charity register, and duplicative reporting requirements will be abolished. DGR endorsement assessments for the registers will be undertaken by the ATO. Eligibility for the register of cultural organisations will be extended to include organisations that promote Indigenous languages.
- External Conduct Standards will be enforced by ACNC to strengthen the oversight of overseas activities.
- There will be additional funding to support additional reviews of charity and DGR eligibility based on risk.